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BSB Oulton Park: Kiyonari has edge to bag brilliant double

Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari claimed his second victory in the MCE British Superbike triple header weekend after a game of cat and mouse with Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes
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Ryuichi Kiyonari completed a brilliant double following a game of cat and mouse with Josh Brookes in the second MCE British Superbike race at Oulton Park.

Milwaukee Yamaha's Brookes led the race, which was started in damp but drying conditions, until lap eight, when rejuvenated Japanese star Kiyonari made a clinical pass on the brakes into Hislop's chicane.

Kiyo remained in front until the finish, with Brookes never quite able to get close enough to attempt a pass on the final two laps.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was always in touch in third place without really threatening the leading duo and in the end finished a comfortable third in a repeat of Saturday's race one result.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Dan Linfoot, Chris Walker (GBmoto Kawasaki) and Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) completed the top six.

Brookes made a flying start from pole as he led Kiyonari, Byrne, Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins and Linfoot into Island for the first time.

The front three were already making a break for it from the chasing pack, which was headed up by American rider Hopkins.

On lap two, Hopkins – who had opted for intermediate front and rear tyres – ran straight on at Cascades, allowing Linfoot to take up the running in fourth.

Brookes, Kiyonari and Byrne had stretched a lead of almost six seconds over Linfoot on lap three, with Scotsman Stuart Easton beginning to make inroads on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki as he slotted into fifth behind Linfoot.

RAF Reserves Honda rider Peter Hickman came off on lap four at Lakeside, while Chris Walker had now come through to move into fifth position behind Easton, with Linfoot, Tommy Bridewell and Michael Rutter next.

The race had developed into a three-way battle for the lead between Brookes, Kiyonari and Byrne, who now held a commanding advantage of 10 seconds over the battle for fourth place by lap six.

However, beleaguered Suzuki rider Hopkins' race was over as he retired to the pits, with tyre trouble the likely reason with the circuit now almost completely dry.

On lap eight, Kiyonari hit the front for the first time into Hislop's and from this point on he held the initiative, with Brookes trying all he could to edge close enough to make a move.

But the triple BSB champion always seemed to have a little bit more in the tank and Kiyo was able to up the pace on the penultimate lap.

Byrne was unable to get on terms with the leading pair and had to settle for third, although Brookes was digging deep on the 18th and final lap.

The Aussie had a look at Hislop's but Kiyonari never put a wheel wrong and although Brookes closed in again on his rear wheel at Lodge, the BMW rider was excellent on the brakes and powered up Clay Hill to seal his second win of the weekend by 0.167s.

Byrne crossed the line 1.1s down with Linfoot holding off a late charge from Walker to finish fourth and Easton taking sixth, 23 seconds behind Kiyonari.

Bridewell, Jon Kirkham (Halsall Kawasaki), Brands winner Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) and Bathams BMW rider were the top 10.

Muff narrowly held off team-mate Michael Rutter, who came home ahead of Jakub Smrz on the Millsport Ducati and Northern Ireland rider Keith Farmer on the PR Kawasaki.

Anvil TAG Racing Kawasaki riders Glen Richards and Scott Smart claimed the final points in 14th and 15th places respectively.

Meanwhile, Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson has withdrawn from the meeting after encountering set-up problems with the ZX-10R.

The decision sparked rumours that Wilson and the team had parted company, but an official statement from Gearlink Kawasaki said the team had decided to focus on ironing out the problems in time for the next round at Cadwell Park.



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